Beginnings of Autumn

I thought I’d do a little country diary catch-up today and let you know what is going on in nature around the village at the moment. Well, it feels very much like autumn to me – the temperature has been consistently lower, the mist hangs across the river in the morning, and some of the leaves are already starting to change colour. The Buddleia is pretty much all over and the Ragworts are going to seed.

There are still plenty of Herb Roberts about though:

Some of the Honeysuckle in the hedgerow is having a late bloom which is nice to see:

The Blackthorn sloes that I mentioned previously have now changed to their dark purply colour instead of green like they were before:

The Hawthorn haws are bright red and fat now:

The Harebells down at the corner are still going. Still tricky to photograph due to the breeziness of the weather!

Spores are being formed on many ferns now:

These are (I think) seed pods of vetch. Not sure which particular type of vetch, but pretty sure it’s one of them. It’s just struck me that maybe I could collect a couple of pods and try and grow the seeds in the spring…

Finally I’ll share a little frog who is living in our pond in the garden 🙂

By Suzy Shipman

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